Chuck Klosterman is The Ethicist for the NYT. I am the Monday Morning Ethicist.
Yesterday’s lead question for Chuck:
If someone is (for example) a witness to murder he could have prevented without harming himself, is he as guilty as the perpetrator? I know that is a rather simplistic situation, but I believe it is apropos to situations like the recent Penn State scandal. NAME AND LOCATION WITHHELD
Chuck said: In so many words, no.
What the hell is wrong with you? Are you out of your mind? Try to prevent a murder?! Are you insane? What the hell are you doing within 10 miles of that situation in the first place? Didn’t your mother tell you not to hang around with those kinds of people? They’re not like us. They drink, for one thing. Exactly what did you think was going to happen when you mixed with those types, mah jong? Guilty-schmuilty—for being so stupid you deserve whatever’s coming to you. And don’t call me when you get arrested. I just pray your poor parents don’t read this. Your father would probably plotz right there in the den.